Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Am I Fooling Myself??

Making art. Why do we do it? Is it for pleasure, for recognition, for money? And should we try to follow the pack or strike out on our own?

I've been thinking about all this for quite some time now. I usually create art simply because it's fun and I enjoy it. But lately I've noticed that when I create for my own enjoyment I create the same kind of art over and over. Is this just my style or am I in a rut and getting lazy?

When I first began doing mixed media/art journaling, I wanted to learn everything. It was all exciting and new. But after a while I realized there were some things I didn't enjoy doing and other things I loved to do.  

You may have guessed that collage is at the top of my "enjoy" list. There's nothing I like better than to sit down with a big stack of magazines and start finding collage material. I have tons of it! And I love to create journal pages using it. But am I really creating art or just playing with junk? Am I stretching myself enough?

Here are a few things I've been doing...

Working in black and white for a change.
It isn't finished but I like where it's going.

The quote above and the heart seemed to go together.

I found this quote on Pinterest and loved it.
Somehow the person just seemed to go with it.

As you can see, I'm mostly doing simple collages. Nothing earth-shattering, nothing unusual. Just doing what I enjoy. Is that bad??

Thursday, May 12, 2016

More from My Journals...

I'm still working in my art journals. I have a couple of larger pieces of art that I need to finish but my journals keep calling to me.

This is my latest spread...

Just a few bits from magazines and a bit of paint pens and doodles.
This one is much "quieter" than my usual collages.

And this is just a Sharpie doodle done while watching/not watching TV. I enjoy doing these with bright happy colors punctuated with black and white.

Friday, May 06, 2016

I Love My Art Journal!!

My art journals have been keeping me busy again. I've been working on old pages that I never got around to finishing.

This spread is originally dated 02/18/2014 and it's been sitting there in my journal since then...I had added some dots and circles at some point but this is basically how it started...and got left!

Last night I was inspired to work on it and this is where I went...a little crazy!!

I'm happy with how it finally turned out. It's a bit busy but then that's "me." And it just goes to show, never give up on a piece of art. If it isn't working, set it aside and forget about it. When the time is right you'll know what to do.